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Angela M. O'Rand, Professor Emeritus of Sociology

Angela M. O'Rand
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Office Location:  417 Chapel Hill Drive, Campus Box 90088, Durham, NC 27708
Office Phone:  (919) 660-5629
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Web Page:   https://duke.box.com/s/b4ohr36rkn815k9jgg5g91bg4fke0do4


Ph.D. Temple University 1974
M.A.(Honors) University of Oregon, Eugene, Oregon, 1969
B.A.(Honors) University of the Pacific, Stockton, California, 1967
Research Interests: Social Stratification; Life Course Analysis; Economic Sociology

My research focuses on patterns of inequality observable in cohorts over time. Socioeconomic and health inequalities have been major outcomes of interest. My work is based mainly on longitudinal studies over extended periods of the life course. Major representative datasets I have worked with include the National Longitudinal Surveys; the Health and Retirement Study; the Panel Study of Income Dynamics; the National Survey of Families and Households; the National Educational Longitudinal Study; the IPUMS data from multiple censuses; among others, Chief results of this research include the cumulative effects of childhood conditions and education on adult health and economic well-being; the cumulative impact of employment histories on pension acquisition and retirement; diversity in the joint timing of retirement among married couples; and most recently the association of financial literacy with retirement planning and socioeconomic inequality in later life. The latter project also includes a comparative study of financial literacy across countries with different economic policy regimes.

Areas of Interest:

Life Course Studies,
Population Aging,
Social Organization of Science

Curriculum Vitae
Representative Publications   (More Publications)

  1. Hughes, M. E. and A. M. O’Rand, The Lives and Times of the Baby Boom. (2004), Census 2000 monograph. New York: Russell Sage/Population Reference Bureau.
  2. Shuey, Kim and O’Rand, A. M., "New risks for workers: Gender, labor markets and pensions.", Annual Review of Sociology, vol. 30 (2004).
  3. Elman, C; O'Rand, AM, The race is to the swift: socioeconomic origins, adult education and mid-life economic attainment., American Journal of Sociology, vol. 110 no. 1 (2004).
  4. O'Rand, AM, The future of the life course: Late modernity and life course risks., in Handbook of the Life Course, edited by Mortimer, JT; Shanahan, M (2003), pp. 693-701, New York: Plenum.

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